Campus dining surveys student body
Friday, October 5, 2007
By Sarah Gogarty
This fall, campus dining has changed the way students comment on their dining experiences.
Oklahoma Christian University’s cafeteria is the home of Sodexho Campus
Dining and the office of Kurt Hermanson, the area general manager of
Sodexho Campus Dining.
“Last year, we started this online survey process,” Hermanson said.
“Basically the survey asks a bunch of questions about your gender,
classification, meal plan and about the food.”
To improve the cafeteria, students must let their voices be heard.
After the change from paper surveys to an e-mail link last year, the
number of surveys completed dropped. This year, Sodexho started early
by sending out an e-mail informing students to expect this survey
coming in the near future. Hermanson is looking forward to a large
response to help improve the cafeteria.
“Those surveys really help me try and understand as a whole where the
student body stands. We get a lot of comment cards and a lot of RA
cards, but it is really kind of good to see, from my perspective, how
we improve from year to year,” Hermanson said. “My hope is that we do
not have the same concerns we had the year before, that we would fix
those and try to make it better.”
The best way to help the Sodexho dining is by writing in the comment
section what you would want to change or improve in the cafeteria, such
as the quality or temperature of food or the atmosphere. This area will
make the biggest impact on how the cafeteria is changed. Sodexho is
making an effort to show they want the university to change for the
“I read through each of those comments to try and see what we can concentrate on,” Hermanson said.
Though the survey is sent to all the students, many upperclassmen
believe their opinions are not valid because they are not in the
cafeteria as frequently as underclassmen.
“I took it in the past since I actually ate in there, but now that I
don’t eat in there, there is no point,” senior Aquila Evans said.
In hopes to get more students involved, this year’s survey will not
only help the cafeteria. Each survey taken raises money for a cause.
Last year, the fund went to the elevator in the DAH. Sodexho will
donate one dollar for every survey taken this fall and spring semester.
They are still undecided on what the money will go to this year.
Students who experience Oklahoma Christian’s Sodexho cafeteria can
now raise money for charity while they help improve where they eat.